CNN reported on Saturday night the last-minute change of the US team leader to attend the meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action's Commission in Vienna.

Iran PressAmerica: A senior Biden administration official was quoted by CNN as saying that Rob Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, would lead the US team in the indirect talks of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was scheduled to take place in the coming week in Vienna.

However; the Axios website reported on Friday that Malley was not expected to attend the next Vienna meeting.

On Friday, the 18th meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was held virtually. In this meeting, the signatories of the JCPOA referred to the catastrophic dimensions of the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement.

Underscoring their commitment to maintaining the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal known as the JCPOA, the parties decided to resume the meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in the coming week to continue consultations in Vienna to determine measures for the lifting of sanctions and the necessary steps to be taken through the relevant expert groups.

Two years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and the European parties' procrastination in fulfilling their obligations under the agreement, Iran began to take steps to reduce its obligations under the International Atomic Energy Agency's oversight.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi stressed on Sunday that Iran had no direct or indirect negotiations with the United States, saying talks with the P4+1 had been quite technical.

"We will not have any direct or indirect talks with the Americans in Vienna. We will negotiate with the Joint Commission and the P4+1 and will announce our condition for returning to compliance with the JCPOA. We demand that the United States first fulfills all its obligations and lifts all the sanctions it has imposed, and then we will verify," Araghchi said.

Earlier, Iran rejected any “step-by-step” lifting of sanctions imposed by the US against the Asian country.


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